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2019 And Nigeria’s Siamese Twins

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Nigeria News takes a look at the duo of President Muhammadu Buhari and his closest rival in 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar of PDP as Siamese twins in Nigeria politics.

I do not have a preferred candidate between the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party’s counterpart, Atiku Abubakar ahead of 2019 election.

Both are like siamese twins born by the same mother but with different names. And worst still, they are conjoined and one cannot move without the other except they are separated.

I still don’t see the difference between APC and PDP. The parties are amalgam of political players of similar orientation and philosophy.

It is about how to loot Nigeria dry and enrich their pockets. The human Rights Activist and Lagos constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana said last week that the recovered loots by Buhari are being re-looted by people around the president.

If PDP had looted for 16 years and some of the funds were recovered by APC administration, where are the recovered loots and how is it being put into use?

A few months ago, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) said that parts of the loots were being spent to build infrastructure, many Nigerians are not convinced by this statement.

Almost every year, Abacha loots are being recovered, yet the funds vanish with no meaningful explanation from the government.

Perhaps that is why members of the public are now fed up with the anti-corruption policy of President Muhammadu Buhari that has continued to recover loots mostly from members of the opposition party but the funds are not being put to use.

Another thing is that corrupt political office holders and members of the ruling APC are not being investigated by the government, which of course makes the fight against corruption looks one-sided.

Buhari may be a man of integrity as being peddled around, he lacks the ability to punish his clans, allies and political friends who now make his government a laughing stock by their corrupt practices.

The president’s wife, Aisha Buhari recently posited that there were two persons in Buhari’s government that must be removed before the administration could function well.

These cabals, though not yet found to be corrupt, according to findings are stains in the government of Buhari.

Nigerians will be choosing between Buhari and Atiku in 2019. Between a president that treats corrupt members of his cabinet with deodorants and a PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku whose past records are stinking with corruption.

The only solace Atiku has is that he was never investigated or convicted over any allegation of corruption, but books written by his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo indicted Atiku in so many ways.

Nigerians will choose between a President who has little knowledge of economy and industry and Atiku whose business knowledge is commendable, having established enterprises and institutions that employed thousands of Nigeria.

But both guys are old. They are in their seventies and with less energy to run Nigeria. They are both northerners of the Fulani ethnic group.

Both have had the opportunity to control the economy of the country in the past and even now.

They contributed immensely to the fall of this country either through the military incursion of Buhari in 1983 or the looting of the country’s treasury by the PDP 16 years of ruling in which Atiku played a prominent role as a vice president for eight good years.

But today, they are the Siamese twins, the politicians have thrown to us to feed and care for.

We will separate them by February next year and pick one to lead us. Will it be Buhari or Atiku?

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